An exciting experience: Machu Picchu and the Lake Titicaca. During the excursion of the last you will visit its famous floating islands and get in touch with its friendly people. The trip continues towards one of the marvels of the World, Machu Picchu, where you will enjoy its splendid beauty, and incomparable energy.
Lake Titicaca is one of the most beautiful destinations in southern Peru and it is the natural frontier between Peru and Bolivia. It is known for its breathtaking scenery, its islands where ancient communities live keeping their ancestral customs intact, and also because of its millenary past, being the spot marked in the Inca legend as the birthplace of the empire. A visit to Lake Titicaca is a must do excursion before or aler your Machu Picchu tour since it is near Cusco city, just a sixty minutes flight or an eight hours bus ride far, and it will only take you two or three days.
We offer you the most exciting tours in Lake Titicaca, like a visit to Uros, around forty reed islands, make periodically by its own inhabitants. Another interesting tour is to Taquile and Amantani islands, where you will have the chance to visit their prehispanic temples, learn about their ancient traditions like the knimng men, for example, all of them older than Inca times.
If you prefer an overnight you can spend it in a house of a local family and live the real experience, don´t expect luxury but instead warm and cordial hosts eager to show you their lifestyle. They will share with you their daily routine, showing you how to weave the beautiful paderns they keep the same as their ancestors used to do, how to process wool, or how to dye fabrics using only their local flowers and plants, how to cook their traditional meals made mainly of potatoes, wheat and corn, and of course you will taste their delicious dishes.
Our guided visit to Lima allows you to see the Historical Center: Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the historic Santo Domingo Convent , an icon of colonial architecture. The tour goes all the way to modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll appreciate archaeological sites of sacred Inca structures and also, you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront.
You will start your excursion visiting Maras, located in the province of Urubamba, 46 kilometers West of the city of Cusco. Salt deposits are located Northwest this town. There, you will find the most important salt mines of the region, operated from the Incan times and the viceregal period.
Then, you will visit the circular andenes in Moray, created by the Andean man with the looks of an amphitheater.
Finally,you will go to Ollantaytambo, military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of the mountain and allowed them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot we will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times. Lunch will be provided at local restaurant.
Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to take the ride to Machu Picchu town.
Today you will start your Machu Picchu excursion with a private guide. This incredible place is a renowned example of the advanced Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. The name of the citadel comes from the Quechua language that means “Old Mountain” and apparently was the principal Inca’s Sanctuary. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Sanctuary lodge.
At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to Cusco.
Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style on its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking Cusco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites: “Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay”, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finally you will visit an art workshop named “Inkas Expression” that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. This is an ideal place for the ones who like andean art.
Depart in the morning on a special bus to Puno. During the trip you will appreciate the nearby valleys and wonderful landscapes. The route includes a stop at La Raya's pass (14107 ft. above the sea), natural boundary between Cusco and Puno, where you will get excellent photographic shots of the Andean snowcapped mountains. Then you will have a stopover at Raqchi ruins, known as the Temple of God Wiracocha. You will visit the Checacupe church, built in the XVII century, one of the most beautiful churches in Cusco; it has the particularity of having the oldest image of the Immaculate Conception in the entire Cusco and probably of America. This image has a Romanesque style with Byzantine influences. You will also see the arch bridge of Checacupe, a colonial construction that rises above the Pitumarca river. Lunch on the route.
Transfer to Uros, these floating islands are occupied by people known as the "Water Tribe" because they have built their own "Island" by adding periodically new layers of "Totora" a type of marram-grass very typical from this place. Then you will be transferred to Amantani Island, after a welcome you will take lunch with locals. At appropriate time you will start a hike, where you will appreciate the local culture and customs. Then you will arrive to Pachatata ceremonial center, a place where Amantani's habitants deposit every year their ritual offerings. In front it is another center called Pachamama, where the rituals and worships are offered to the cosmic deities. Return to a family house to take a typical dinner and overnight.
After a typical breakfast, transfer to Taquile Island where you will have a four hours visit. Upon your arrival you will start a hike where you will appreciate the wonderful natural sightseeings, then ascend through a regular pendant slope to arrive to the town, there you will visit the Handicraft Center where you can buy a great variety of handmade issues with very colorful and delicate designs. At proper time transfer to Puno, this time you will descend 533 stone steps to reach the main port where you will get on board for a 2.50 hours trip to Puno city. Upon arrival transfer to the selected hotel.
This day You will visit Chucuito, the fertility temple, 18 km. from Puno. Afterwards you will have a Puno city tour: the Military Museum Yavary, the National College, the front of the Cinema of Puno, the Main Square and the Cathedral.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Lima.
Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
If you are more adventurous you can do kayak in the calm waters of Lake Titicaca, near Llachon peninsula, which is a predy unique experience. Another exciting excursion is the tour to the Youth fountain, located on Sun island in the Bolivian side of the lake.